|Japanese name|| 片桐 宗政|
|Relationships||Mr. Katagiri (father)|
|Captain Tsubasa chapter 54|
|National||Olympic / U-22||JFA|
|U-16||Japan Jr. / 1986||Coach|
|U-13 / U-14||U-13 / U-14 Japan||Coach|
Munemasa Katagiri was a former Japanese soccer player and is an employee, primarily a talent scout of the Japan Football Association (JFA). He pulls the strings in the background and supports the many talents of the Golden Generation, including Tsubasa Ozora, Misaki, Hyuga, Aoi, and many others, on their way to the top of the world.
As a soccer player Edit
During a match, Katagiri had an injury, and lost his right eye. Because of that, he had to stop his career as a player.
As a soccer scoutEdit
Since he is a former striker, Katagiri quickly recognizes the potential and talent of player. He plays a big side role in the series, helping Tsubasa and others to succeed in their dreams. Along with Kaori Matsumoto, he is one of the most admired talent scouts in Japan.
He has followed Tsubasa at the beginning of his career until he went to Brazil. He even help to make Roberto Hongo react to become Tsubasa's mentor once again during the final match of the International Jr. Youth Cup.
As a trainerEdit
Katagiri said that he learnt to be a trainer thanks to Tatsuo Mikami's guidance. He also was able to assist the U-13 Japan in the U-13 International Tournament in France and West Germany as the only Asian representative.
As JFA representativeEdit
He continues to support the Golden Generation, he agreed in Battle of World Youth to have a shadow team called Real Japan 7 to make the All Japan Youth stronger and be prepared for the 2nd Asian preliminaries.
He arranged to have the U-20 International World Youth Cup in Japan in little time with the assistance of his father, Mr. Katagiri, who is an importance corporate businessman in Japan.
- In the Latin American dub, his name is Adriano Fogartini, while in the European dub his name is Kirk Pearson.
- His manga design as a young player is very similar to Shun Nitta and his anime design for the Shin Captain Tsubasa (OVA) and the Captain Tsubasa J anime resembles Ken Wakashimazu in a great manner.